May 19, 2006

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
- John Stuart Mill ~ (1868)
I can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like 'brilliant,' it would really be an under description of the absolutely superb job that they did in breaching the so-called 'impenetrable barrier.' It was a classic- absolutely classic- military breaching of a very very tough minefield, barbed wire, fire trenches-type barrier.
- Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, U. S. Army
Commander, Operation Desert Storm, February 1991
The American Marines have it pride, and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it.
- General Mark Clark, U.S. Army
Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.
- Gen. A. M. Gray, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps
If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war.
- General of the Armies Douglas McArthur in Korea,
overheard and reported by Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Houghton, Weapons/2/5
If I were King, I'd close Army entry training and send all future Infantry grunts to the Marines. The Corps still produces trained and disciplined soldiers who still know how to fight and make it on a killing field.
- Col David Hackworth, USA Army (Ret),one of Americas most highly decorated soldier
The Corps, which has never lost sight that its primary mission is to fight, remains superbly trained and disciplined -- true to its time-honored slogan "We don't promise a rose garden." When, under Clinton, the Army lowered its standards to Boy Scout summer-camp level in order to increase enlistment, the Corps responded by making boot training longer and tougher
- Col David Hackworth, US Army
After the Rangers' disaster in Somalia -- where there were no tanks to break through to relieve them -- and the embarrassment of not being able to fight in the war in Serbia, Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki started forming light brigades strikingly similar to USMC units. When I asked, "Why the copycating?" an Army officer said: "It was either copy or go out of business.
- Col David Hackworth, US Army
The Marine Corps is the only outfit in Clinton's armed forces
that can still fight the hard fight.
- Col Davd Hackworth, US Army
The Marines keep their standards up and their leadership is dynamite! It is the same kind of leadership we have seen throughout the Marines' history, and they are not lowering the bar. They are increasing the bar, and they have long lines of people who want to join the Marine Corps
- Col David Hackworth, US Army
"Your Marines having been under my command for nearly six months, I feel that I can give you a discriminating report as to their excellent standing with their brothers of the army and their general good conduct."
- General John J. Pershing, US Army
"I am so proud of 'ya," the general told the leathernecks. "It is such an honor for me to be just be standing here with you."God bless all of you. God bless the Corps, the mission, and God bless the United States of America."
- Army General Tommy Franks
"I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without
experiencing a feeling of reverence."
"I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to
kick the s...... out of the purple-peeing Japanese, before the G.......... MARINES get all the credit!"
- Lt General George Patton, US Army 1945
The Marines are careful, brave fighter..they were lie hunters, boring in relentlessly without fear. I never heard a wounded Marine moan.
- The U.S. Army General Staff
"I should deem a man-of-war incomplete without a body of Marines...imbued with that esprit
that has so long characterized the 'Old Corps'."
- Commodore Joshua R. Sands, U.S. Navy
"There is no military body in our country of higher efficiency than the Marine Corps.
They take great pride in their profession. They never let things slack a bit."
- Rear Admiral C.M. Wilslow, U.S. Navy
"They're on our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us;
they can't get away from us this time."
- Chesty Puller, USMC, Chosin Reservoir, Korean War
Three Marine Principles of NCO Leadership:
First, be technically tactically proficient...
Secondly, know your men and look out for their welfare...
Thirdly, and most importantly, you must set the example.
- Colonel Chesty Puller
Take me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines".
- Major General Chesty Puller, USMC - while on a Battalion inspection.
We tell our Marines that they are going to go through hell. But we tell them too, that whatever t
hey are called upon to do, it will be no worse than Marines have done before. We try to teach them that it is a proud, a glorious thing, to fight as Marines have always fought.
And above all, we teach them that there are some things worse than wounds or death.
- Major General Lewis "Chesty" Puller
Semper Fi. We live for what it stands for.
- Richard Ahern (U.S. Marine)
"This is a nation not a polyglot boarding house. There is not room in the country for any 50-50 American, nor can there be but one loyalty to the Stars and Stripes. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American."
- Theodore Roosevelt in 1907


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